Shadows Brought to Light

Shadows Brought to Light

2nd-level divination/illumination (ritual)

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 30 feet
Components: V, S
Duration: Instantaneous

If the target fails a Charisma saving throw, you cause the target’s shadow to come to life and reveal one of the creature’s most scandalous secrets: some fact that the target would not want widely known (GM’s choice). When casting the spell, you choose whether everyone present will hear the secret, in which case the shadow speaks loudly in a twisted version of the target’s voice, or if the secret is only whispered to you. The shadow speaks Common, unless the target does not speak Common, in which case it speaks in the target’s native language.

If the target creature does not have a scandalous secret or does not have a spoken language, the spell fails as if the creature’s saving throw had succeeded.

If the secret was spoken aloud, the target takes a −2 penalty to Charisma checks with anyone who was present when it was revealed, for the remainder of the day, in addition to any information you obtain or any scandal it provokes.

Ritual Focus. If you expend your ritual focus, the target has disadvantage on Charisma checks instead of the −2 penalty, and the target’s status score is reduced by 1 for the remainder of the day. At the end of the day, the target makes a Charisma saving throw against your spell save DC. If this saving throw fails, rumors of the target’s indiscretion become widespread and the loss of status is permanent.

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